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Opening Ceremony 2010 Winter Paralympics

Synopsis: A spectacular opening ceremony will signal the start of 2010 Winter Paralympics for athletes with disabilities.1

Author: 2010 Paralympics Contact: Disabled World

Published: 2010-02-22 Updated: 2016-03-18

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A spectacular opening ceremony will signal the start of 2010 Winter Paralympics for athletes with disabilities.

The 2010 Winter Paralympics will be the second time Canada has hosted the Paralympic Games, following the 1976 Summer Paralympics in Toronto.

The dates of the paralympic games are from March 12th to the 21st, 2010, and include an opening ceremony on day one with torch lighting. The 2010 Winter Paralympics also known as the X Paralympic Winter Games will commence with a spectacular opening ceremony at BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

BC Place is a multipurpose stadium and Canada's first domed arena, and the largest air-supported stadium in the world. It is located on the north side of False Creek in Vancouver, and is owned and operated by PavCo (BC Pavilion Corporation), a Crown Corporation of the government in the Province of British Columbia. The stadium can seat 60,000 in a mixture of permanent and portable light-blue plastic seats. Holding the Paralympic games opening ceremony in BC Place Stadium offers many advantages in addition to protection from winter weather, including an unprecedented opportunity to stretch the boundaries of ceremonies spectacle using state-of-the-art lighting, projection, sound and special effects technology.

BC Place Stadium
BC Place Stadium

Gates will open at 14:00 for the Paralympics Opening Ceremony. If you are going to be present at the opening ceremony you are asked to be in your seat by the start of the audience participation rehearsal at 17:00.

U.S. Delegation to the Opening Ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games Include:

Eric Shinseki, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary, Head of Delegation
David Jacobson, U.S. Ambassador to Canada
Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Kareem Dale, Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy
Jim Martinson, Vietnam Veteran, 1992 Paralympic gold medalist, Downhill Skiing
Mike May, 1984 Paralympic bronze medalist, Alpine Skiing
Bonnie St. John, 1984 Paralympic silver medalist and 2-time bronze medalist, Slalom and Giant Slalom
Melissa Stockwell, Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran, 2008 Summer Paralympic swimmer

The delegation will attend the Opening Ceremony, meet with U.S. athletes, attend events and meet with other dignitaries and leaders from around the world.

The closing 2 hour ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 21, at Celebration Plaza in Whistler. The Whistler ceremony will mark the official end to all the sports and cultural events of the Olympics and Paralympics period in the region, and will include a special handover ceremony for the next Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in 2014. Closing day not only features the Paralympic Games closing ceremony but ten separate medal events, all in skiing.

Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler from March 12 to 21, 2010.

Further information on the 2010 Paralympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies and information on how to watch the 2010 Winter Paralympics live on TV and online.

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